Donít let the first 2/3rds fool you!
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Starting behind shelter #8 and right beside the really pretty Lake William in Barboursville, Johnny Sias' well-done design begins with a DisCatcher practice basket and course kiosk (with map), and some relatively simple holes to loosen up your arm. The first (and long second) tees are concrete, and the rest of the course currently has boxed gravel. Signage is good, including next tee indictors, while navigation is very straightforward, proceeding counter-clockwise around the lake, utilizing the little woods on the far side, then really nicely using the uphill, sunny side above the lake as you complete the loop.
We had fun noting that many of the early basket placements were on the edge of a slope, or used the slope to good effect. Many of the long tees posed a significantly different challenge than mere distance: hole 3 had an interesting mando, holes 5 & 6 force completely different lines, even though the 'long' and 'short' tees are only steps apart, 7 long is a challenging anny line for right handers, and 8: wow! That branch!
But at this point, you've only played a little bit of elevation. You'll get to 11, and think it's a nice, safe glide down to the pin, but if you misjudge it, there's a cliff dropping a good 20 feet to the creek if you glide long. Then, after a blind right to left hole 12, you have the nasty, uphill hole 13 to remind you that you ARE still in West Virginia. The hillside holes are a fun challenge from either tee, and you come back out to a terrace with a really slope-topped basket position on 17. Even hole 18 employs a safe design, with the basket up on the slope left, by a gravel path that could be declared OB if you're in the mood. Mainly, it is one of the very few holes that really have any chance at all of interacting with other park patrons. I respect a safe course design.
But in all, we felt the course was FUN. Playing from the short tees, you're going for a lot of deuce opportunities at even intermediate skill levels, and beginners can enjoy those holes just as much. Advanced players will find challenges from the longs. And it really felt like the course has a lot of 'replay' potential. If you're traveling to the region to play the challenging tournament courses in Ashland or Huntington, don't overlook this relaxing, fun park course.
Cons: It's a new course, so I really hope concrete is planned for the rest of the tees. Folks are playing this fun course a lot, and the gravel has really dug out about where a right hander's x-step pivot foot goes (sometimes hollowing out a bowl several inches deep). The course plays fairly accessibly until you get to hole 12, which catches enough of the creek/rill over there to stay really muddy, and then you face the 'wall' of the hill on 13. We had a backpack and a cart between us, and really could've used a Sherpa to help us climb down the concrete storm drain walls and up the face of the fairway. It needs a bridge and some steps up to the green. Then several of the hillside slopes need better mud drainage and steps, as well.
Other Thoughts: Finally, I was joking with my buddy, but I think it's worth noting that even hearing when the DO go with concrete tees would tempt me to raise my rating another half a point. Nice course!
Reviewer Background as of this writing: flirting with Intermediate skill levels and grandmaster age, I've now had the pleasure of being able to review 273 courses. Thanks to all who build 'em!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Fun Short course
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Ease of access
Good for all ability levels
Cons: Drainage is poor
tee pads not finished yet
Other Thoughts: This is a fun, short course that is easy to get to and navigate. There are a few diverse holes, but the majority are wide open. Great beginner course. If it has rained recently be careful, it does not drain well. Tee pads should hopefully be in by summer of '17.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
A Very Nice Beginner Course
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Set in a beautiful park that is very well-maintained, this course has a good mix of open and wooded shots. The course plays even a little harder than it looks. For what it is, it is an Excellent course.
Cons: You're not going to get any super-long holes here, as the longest long placement is 488'.
Other Thoughts: Come prepared to climb as hole #13 is a steep ascent toward the final five holes.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Set in a very well maintained park, with minimal interference from the other non-disc golf patrons. Long tees aren't a serious challenge, but not so easy that it's boring. Short tees would be great for beginners looking to build their skills and not be punished for ever errant throw. The tee signs are well made and informative. Course loops back to the parking lot nicely.
Cons: Tee pads should be concrete in my opinion, the gravel is too loose under foot, and causes some footing concerns. The long tees could've been made longer. Would like to see more par 4's and maybe a par 5.
Other Thoughts: Overall a fun course. Wish it was a little longer, making use of the open space available. Would definitely recommend it to beginners or anyone wanting a relaxing weekend round.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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BARBOURSVILLE DGC REVIEW
Pros: Short course that is great for newer players and families
Cons: Tee boxes need time to pack in
Other Thoughts: Great course layout designed by 3 time World Champion Johnny Sias. Set in a very clean park this beautiful course was designed to encourage new players to get involved with the sport. Course starts out with some wide open holes and progressively gets harder through out the round. This is a great learning experience for new players to also learn the rules to the game having a mando on hole 3 long and an occasional OB. Course is well maintained and has went above and beyond to provide good signage, including a message board, for the appearance of the course. Park has chosen to match tee pads with the crush and run walking track surrounding the lake...should prove to provide good footing during the winter. Overall one of my favorites by far!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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